Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Juventus unveils plan for new stadium
by Ian Plenderleith, November 21st, 2008 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ITALY]
Italian giant Juventus announced Thursday that it is to knock down its cavernous Stadio Delle Alpi and convert it into an intimate 40,000-seater stadium. Work will begin in March of next year and the team plans to move in at the start of the 2011-12 season.
 
Club President Cobolli Gigli said that Juventus was "very proud" that the team would be the first in Italy to own its own stadium. It bought the stadium from the city back in 2003, and moved out to play its games in the Stadio Olimpico in 2006. The new structure will cost $130 million, with almost three-quarters of that cost (around $93 million) coming from the sports marketing agency Sportfive, which has bought the naming rights to the new stadium for its first 12 years.
 
"The new stadium is a fundamental asset," said General Manager Jean-Claude Blanc, "which we shall finance without reducing the capability of investing in the team."
 
Gigli said that the club would have "a modern and secure stadium where fans can experience the game up close." The seats furthest away from the field will be only 28 meters back from the action. The stadium complex will also include the club museum and its administrative arm.
 
The Stadio Delle Alpi was opened just in time for Italia '90, but has never been popular with fans because of the athletic track built around the field. The action is far away enough to be a strain on the eye, while the atmosphere has always suffered from its inner vastness. Juventus and Torino shared the stadium for 16 years, but both moved out to the Stadio Olimpico (formerly the Stadio Communale, where the teams played up until 1990) two years ago after that ground was renovated for the 2006 Winter Olympics.
 
Click here for a video presentation of the new stadium. Warning: this video appears to be specially aimed at people in the market for a corporate box, but this really will be a soccer stadium, not a new airport.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: CFU president Gordon Derrick    
"I think it is just politics, people are trying to create an atmosphere. If they can ...
Former USL PRO coach cleared on homicide charges    
Chris Spendlove, a former OKC Energy FC assistant coach, was cleared on charges in the death ...
Orlando City presents new details of downtown stadium    
Orlando City presented additional details of its $155 million downtown stadium that will have an increased ...
Video Pick: Amazing overhead golazo in Paraguay    
The Torneo Clausura season is still young in Paraguay, but it may already have its goal ...
Fox Sports will air all 306 Bundesliga matches    
Fox Sports will debut its coverage of the German Bundesliga on Aug. 14 when defending champion ...
NASL Roundup: Rowdies sign second No. 1 MLS draft pick    
First they signed Freddy Adu, Now, the Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed Omar Salgado, giving them ...
MLS All-Star Game averages 833,000 viewers    
Wednesday's AT&T MLS All-Star Game drew 548,000 viewers for Fox Sports 1's first broadcast of the ...
What They're Saying: Hugo Perez    
"I hereby thank the Salvadoran people for their support in regards to the position of national-team ...
ICYMI | MLS: Drogba gets a rock-star greeting in Montreal    
Hundreds of fans turned out to welcome Didier Drogba to Montreal. Philly's new signing, Tranquillo Barnetta, ...
U.S. Abroad: Torres absent from Copa Libertadores final    
After starting both legs of the semifinals, Jose Torres did not play for Mexico's Tigres in ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives